Grandy Breaks Forearm, Out Until May
Here we go . . .
In hindsight, with A-Rod and Grandy, I think they would have given Hamilton the extra year.
The New York Yankees' list of injured All-Stars now includes their most reliable source of power.
Curtis Granderson will be out 10 weeks after suffering a fractured right forearm when he was struck by a J.A. Happ pitch in his first at-bat in a spring training game this year.
Granderson was removed from the game for what were thought to be merely precautionary X-rays. But they revealed a fracture that will sideline him until at least May.
It's a potentially devastating injury for the Yankees, as Granderson, who turns 32 next month, hit a team-high 43 home runs and was expected to be a key cog in a lineup befallen by injuries.
The Yankees already are without third baseman Alex Rodriguez, out until July after hip surgery, and shortstop Derek Jeter, whose availability for opening day is in question as he recovers from a fractured ankle.
"I didn't think it was (fractured)," Granderson said in an interview on the YES Network. ".Even as we got the X-ray, they asked if it was throbbing. I came and saw (the X-ray) myself.
"It was clear as day."
Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz figure to get the lion's share of playing time in Granderson's absence.
"We'll just have to have guys step up," first baseman Mark Teixeira said on YES. "It's going to be tough."
The Yankees already were missing 114 home runs from last year's lineup, with Rodriguez's absence and the free agent loss of Nick Swisher the main shortfalls.
The bigger concern now: How much power Granderson will be able to provide upon his return. He's also eligible for free agency after this season.
Granderson - Broken arm out til May
Looks like Granderson to Left Field isn't gonna happen for awhile.
TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured right forearm Sunday after being hit by a pitch in his first at-bat in a spring training game and will be out until at least the first week of May.
AP Photo/Matt SlocumYankees outfielder Curtis Granderson will miss at least 10 weeks after being hit by a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game Sunday.
Granderson was hit by a 2-2 pitch from J.A. Happ and left the game in obvious pain. The injury originally was announced as a bruised forearm, but Granderson was taken to a local hospital for X-rays, which revealed the fracture.
The Yankees said Granderson will be ready to return to action in 10 weeks, putting his approximate return date at May 5.
Granderson was set to play his first game in left field as the Yankees experiment with moving Brett Gardner to center field. But Granderson never got a chance after he was hurt in the top of the first inning.
Hitting with two runners on and two out in the first, Granderson took Happ's pitch off his right hand and was met at first base by manager Joe Girardi and a team trainer.
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Granderson has been the Yankees' starting center fielder since he was acquired from the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-way trade. He has led the Yankees in home runs the last two seasons, but his defense has come under scrutiny.
With Gardner back after missing most of last season due to an elbow injury, Granderson was to be tried in left field for the first time since 2007, when he played two games there.